The Pirates fans have suffered 18 years for a winning season. Now there is currently one in sight, while it would be stupid to "sell the farm" for a winning season this year, perhaps the Pirates should give up some value for greater value this season. What position have we been complaining about a long? Shortstop right? While Ronny Cedeno has certainly proven himself serviceable, imagine an all-star upgrade. How bout Jose Reyes?
Before anyone shoots this idea down without consideration, consider this. The Mets clearly signaled they are in a sell-mode through the K-Rod trade to Milwaukee, a rebuilding process. Reyes has one year left on his contract and won't be there next year, they will be looking to get some value for him. Obviously the price for Reyes will be high, but out of reach?
Consider this trade proposal, Brad Lincoln+Stetson Allie + Jody Mercer+PTBNL = Jose Reyes. While all these players clearly have value, and I would be hesitant to give up Allie, as they say you gotta spend money to make money. Brad Lincoln is a relatively young middle of the rotation guy, the Pirates farm system is loaded with these type of guys. While Lincoln may be on the upswing of these middle rotation guys, I believe he is replaceable. As far as Allie goes, he's the guy I would hate to lose the most, Allie has enormous potential with his 100 mph fastball. However he is low in the minors and anything but guaranteed. The Pirates also have insurance in this department from Taillon and Cole. Additionally, Mercer would provide the Mets with an intriguing Shortstop replacement. Mercer has shown power from the shortstop position which is rare, but I don't think his batting average will let him hang in the Bigs, he is still intriguing enough though to perhaps entice the Mets. Lastly, a PTBNL could just sweeten the pot enough for the Mets to take this deal.
Someone like Reyes could be like when Marian Hossa went to the Pens which got them over the hump and into the Cup. He provides a high batting average, athleticism (a hall-mark of this club), and stealing ability. All of these traits could get the Pirates past the Brewers and the Cards in a weak division. I believe this move could help the Pirates break a dizzying losing spell that so desperately needs to be broken and not hopelessly mortgage the future. Additionally turn an already excited fan base into one that is electrified, additional ticket sales could go a long way.